I found Bangladesh to be a lot more expensive for a third world country that I thought. Dhaka hotels, in a safe clean area are outrageously priced. The Long Beach Hotel in Cox's Bazar is an exception. A good clean room with 2 beds on the 5th floor cost me only $50.00 American Dollars (4000 taka) a night. The 2 breakfast buffet's provided per room was some of the best breakfast food I had in Bangladesh. Easily as good as the breakfast food at the Westin in Dhaka.
The breakfast crowd at the restaurant was of course full of Bangladeshi's. The staff recognized a potential problem when me and a 22 year old Bangladeshi girl came down for breakfast, and the whole place got quiet, so they thoughtfully put us on one side of the room where no one else was sitting. We were still stared at, but that did not bother us. I still got to be loud and obnoxious.
One problem I had at the hotel was being able to ride an elyptical bike every day. They wanted to charge me a package price of $20 per day to exercise, swim in the pool and use the sauna. I immediately screamed at them "All I want to do is ride an elyptical bike for 1 hour every day. You're not going to charge me $20.00 for that!.....DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? I CAN HAVE YOU FIRED IN LESS THAN 30 MINUTES!!!" He said, "Of course I know who you are. You have been here before.......you're a legend in your own mind." I began to weep. The manager took notice of this and said "fine, let him ride on the stupid elyptical bike every day. Get him out of here and up into his room!"
Being an American, and a BULLY, I respectfully got my way!!!! The staff seemed very happy upon my departure, and unlike everyone else......did not wish me a safe journey, nor did they ask me to come back again on my next visit to Bangladesh. In spite of all of this, I do recommend this hotel to anyone going to Cox's Bazar. They were even able to accommodate an American bully like me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Heart throbbing experience at Cox’s Bazar. Encompassing the spectacular views of Cox’s Bazar, Long Beach Hotel stands very close to the hills and sea-beach, offering world class facilities and exhilarating experience to its guests. Whether you are planning a great vacation, the sweetest of honeymoons or a cozy business tour, you would prefer our beach hotel for your relaxing stay. Imagine that the 120 km astonishing longest beach in the world is just five-minute walk away from your room, providing an exuberant sensation in your mind and filling your heart with magnificent joy. Starting from Cox’s Bazar’s longest beach view to the comforts which you would be looking for are all here, making Long Beach Hotel the perfect choice for business, romance and holiday travel. Make your every move easy in Cox’s Bazar by staying with us. ... more less
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